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It is gratifying to me that our Fresno State is the university of first choice for thousands of students in the Valley. But the increasing number of applications in recent years has resulted in significant strains on our resources to help students succeed. In addition, our higher retention rates make it more challenging — in the short term — to accommodate new students. We now are at the point that we are seeking permission from the Office of the Chancellor to modify the current campus enrollment plan to include impaction starting in the 2016-17 academic year.  The CSU designates programs as impacted when more applications from regularly eligible applicants are received than can be accommodated—the position Fresno State now faces. We propose to implement impaction for all first-time freshmen and new upper division transfers and use a variety of tools with adjusted admission criteria to manage enrollment. Following three public hearings this month on our proposal, we will finalize our proposal to the CSU. We believe that impaction produces an improved student academic profile, retention and graduation rates without changing the diversity of our student population. I welcome your feedback on this.


captioningCaptioning a big part of communicating on campus
Campus classrooms are making advances in captioning as they accommodate requirements per the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires equal access to resources on campus. What's changing to make captioning a focus now is that there are a lot of different multimedia uses required in the classroom. In the past, Fresno State has been able to accommodate students with special needs to ensure their success in the classroom, but now with the increasing use of video, captioning needs have grown. See more.


hatOperation Hat Trick supports Fresno State Students and wounded warriors
The royalties a university’s trademark licensing program collects for the sale of its officially licensed products typically benefit students on campus by helping fund scholarships or student-based programs. At Fresno State, this is no different. And occasionally, an opportunity to assist another noble cause presents itself. Through its trademark licensing program, Fresno State has teamed with Operation Hat Trick (OHT) to generate awareness, support and funding for the recovery of America’s wounded warriors, both active service members and veterans. See more.

Melissa JordineMelissa Jordine explains WASC accreditation
Melissa Jordine, associate professor of history and university assessment coordinator, explains the campus' current review for reaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. She describes what WASC accreditation means to the Fresno State in a Question and Answer format. See more.




Around Campus

18th Annual Reception and Exhibit of Outstanding Faculty Publications
An exhibition and reception recoginizing faculty publications will be held Friday, March 6, at 5 p.m., 2nd floor Ellipse, Madden Library. In March of every year, the Henry Madden Library holds a reception and exhibition to honor those faculty from each academic department deemed by their colleagues to have produced the most outstanding achievement in scholarship or creativity over the previous academic year. This year, the library is expanding the pool of honorees to include first publication or creative work of any new faculty member (since fall 2012), as well as any book edited or authored in the previous year. The goal is to be more inclusive to our newest faculty and to honor the labors of publishing a book, which is the traditional heart of any library's collection. For more, contact Susan Christensen

Branding resources available online
The Campus Branding Standards website has information and a variety of useful tools. You may want to check out the “Downloadable Resources” tab, which includes the following:

  • Certificate, PowerPoint and Memorandum templates
  • University electronic letterhead
  • School and college electronic letterhead
  • Zimbra email signature logo instructions
  • Request a digital logo
  • Brand and Graphic Standards Manual

There is also a form for submitting questions about branding.

AthleticsAD Jim Bartko outlines his vision for Athletics
Director of Athletics Jim Bartko outlined his vision for Bulldog Athletics on Feb. 26 in a five-point plan that he sees as vital steps in helping elevate Fresno State into a premier athletic department. Bartko's plans start with addressing current sport programs and staffing and working to captivate the community and improve facilities, including the “Bulldog Stadium district” — inside the actual stadium, as well as the surrounding footprint of traffic flow, signage and tailgating. A hot topic in the community has been the return of wrestling, a program that was cut in 2006. Bartko outlined a three-year plan to reinstate the wrestling program as well as add women’s water polo. That would raise the number of sports from 19 to 21. Bartko emphasized that the department will work under the morals of honesty and integrity, teamwork, open mindedness and commitment, with a dedication to the best interest of all Bulldog student-athletes.

No more waiting in line for food
University Dining Services is introducing Tapingo, its new mobile food ordering application. With Tapingo, customers order and pay for meals through the ease of their smart phone, tablet, or computer while bypassing long lines. Panda Express, The Bucket, Subway, and Taco Bell Express are the current venues offering Tapingo. The free Tapingo app can be downloaded through the Mobile App Store or Google Play, without any hidden fees. To create an account, customers can simply create a username and enter their debit or credit card information. After placing an order, customers can pick up their food at the recommended pick up time. For more information, visit

Temporary environmental sculpture to be removed
The temporary sculpture by environmental sculpture artist Patrick Dougherty located on a grass area west of the Conley Art Building will be removed in coming weeks. The wood materials will be shredded and reused as bark in campus landscape areas. Dougherty and volunteers created the piece out of natural materials, including sustainable growth trees. In November 2012, the Campus Planning Committee approved this installation for approximately one year with a scheduled removal date. The Center for Creativity and the Arts at Fresno State hosted Dougherty as artist-in-residence in support of its 2012-13 theme “Consumption and Sustainability.”



Hayashi talks on Aging the Asian American Way, March 4
An event in Celebration of Amerasia Week features Dr. Patrick Hayashi, former associate president of the University of California System, speaking on “Aging the Asian American Way: Reflections on Art, Music, and Race,” 12 to 1 p.m., March 4, Alice Peters Auditorium (PB 191). A reception follows at 1-2 p.m.

LioKeyboard Concerts presents pianist Kuok-Wai Lio, March 6
Kuok-Wai Lio performs works by Haydn, Schubert, and Schumann at 8 p.m., March 6 in the Concert Hall. Winner of a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, his concert career is quickly expanding and includes critically acclaimed performances in the United States, Asia, and Europe. General admission is $25, seniors $18, and students $5. For reservations and other information, call 278.2337.

Armenian Genocide Centennial ConcertArmenian Genocide Centennial Concert
features music, dance, March 8

An Armenian Genocide Centennial Concert featuring the award-winning Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble will perform traditional Eastern and Western music and songs honoring lost ancestors at 2 p.m. March 8 in the Satellite Student Union. Also appearing for the first time in Fresno will be the Hamazkayin Valley Chapter Niari Dance Group. Admission is $20 general and $15 for students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 347.4567. The concert is among the events planned by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee to educate, commemorate, inspire and raise awareness of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. A monument at Fresno State and a film series on campus are among other events.

Employee Assistance Program offers free autism webinar, March 12
Fresno State employees can access monthly webinars sponsored by Empathia, the vendor that we have contracted with to provide our Employee Assistance Program. The March program on autism is a live webinar from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, March 12. It will discuss what autism is and how it affects a child's development and behavior. Parents will learn how to cope and to properly care for a child with autism so that he or she can grow up to lead a healthy and productive life. For information on how to register for the webinar, contact Kirsten Corey in Human Resources at

MCJ Week set for April 20-24
Students in the MCJ 159S Public Relations Cases and Campaigns class will host the university's first-ever Mass Communication & Journalism (MCJ) Week April 20-14. Each of the department's five options will have its own day to showcase the program and reconnect with alumni. Monday is Multimedia Day, Tuesday is Advertising Day, Wednesday is Print Journalism Day, Thursday is Broadcast Journalism Day and Friday is Public Relations Day. Events will be held at various locations throughout campus and everything is free and open to the public. MCJ Week is designed to provide added value for current MCJ students and encourage other Fresno State students to consider majoring or minoring in MCJ. In addition, the week will serve as an opportunity for MCJ alumni to reconnect with the department. For a full schedule and more information, see


Sudarshan Kapoor
(Social Work, emeritus) was recently recognized for his role in founding the Human Rights Coalition of the Central Valley.


First blood drive of the spring semester a success
The first blood drive of the spring semester concluded Thursday, Feb. 9. A total of 412 donors gave 312 units of blood.  This generous donation has the potential to help 936 patients in our local hospitals.  Additionally, 12 students volunteered with logistical help at the blood drive, offering 49 hours of assistance.  Many of the students were members of Sigma Omega Phi Multicultural sorority and Richter Center Student Leaders. The on-campus blood drives continue to be successful due to the support of many campus entities.  Those involved include University Courtyard, University Courtyard Dining Hall, University Student Union, University Police, Traffic Operations, and Plant Operations.  The on-campus blood drives are coordinated by the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning and sponsored by the Kennel Bookstore, the Student Recreation Center, University Dining Services, The Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market, and Juice It Up. The next blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 7-9.

serviceSpring into service is March 21
A one-day service event will take place Saturday, March 21, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will have the opportunity to serve with one of three community partners – ASI/Fresno State campus, Ronald McDonald House, and Sierra Foothill Conservancy. Volunteers participating with ASI/Fresno State campus will complete a tree planting project. Projects with Ronald McDonald house include beautification of a fence, play area and exterior. Those volunteering with Sierra Foothill Conservancy will assist on trail restoration and maintenance projects. All volunteers must register at Scroll down to the Registration Forms heading and select “Spring into Service.” Volunteer space is limited and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. For questions please contact or call 559.278.7063.

University Student Volunteer of the Year Award deadline is March 25        
The University Volunteer of the Year Selection Committee is accepting applications for the California State University, Fresno Student Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominations must be received by Wednesday, March 25, at 5:00 p.m. in order to be considered. Anyone can nominate a Fresno State student for this award. Self-nominations are also accepted. The University Student Volunteer of the Year Award honors Fresno State students who have made a difference in our community through exceptional gifts of their time and talent.  Simply nominating a student affirms and celebrates their efforts to improve the quality of life for all of us in Central California. Nomination forms can be obtained from the Richter Center website: For more information about the award please contact the Richter Center at 559.278.7079 or contact


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President, Joseph I. Castro
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